Caramelized apples are the best part of this hot fruit bake! Fall’s favorite fruit, apples, get even sweeter when baked with caramelized coconut sugar, chopped nuts, spices, and apple cider! This healthier dessert recipe is paleo friendly, easy to make, and delicious. Eat it as is, or use it in a tart, or as atopping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or ice cream!
As I sit here typing, this very dish, a hot fruit bake with caramelized apples, is my oven. Third time to make it. Yup! And the house smells A M A Z I N G!!
Not gonna lie, it’s half the reason I make this. The smell alone makes me feel like it’s Christmas morning and just plain giddy.
Kinda like those sticky coffee cake muffins. Don’t worry, Christmas is only 80 days away! GASP! But I digress. Anyway, let’s talk about the deliciousness and simplicity of this paleo friendly dessert recipe. Cause it’s what I LIVE FOR! Okay that’s a lie, but you get my point.
Now, wanna know the God’s honest truth? The truth about why I’m making this hot fruit bake again?
This caramelized apples hot fruit bake is my Fall inspired version of an old family recipe. A “tweaked” version of my spiced hot fruit bake recipe. Yes, tweaked (or rather “revamped”) it to make more paleo friendly and healthy. And by healthy I mean healthier, healthyish. By no means is this a superfood recipe.
BUT…. it is a HEALTHIER dessert, brunch, breakfast bake topping option that is made without any refined sugar. I get bonus points now, right?
Sheesh, there I go again, diverting you from the truth of why I am making this dish for the 3rd time, gladly. You see, I’m a very flawed and somewhat disorganized person. Yep, it’s true. I “may” have lost my notes on how I actually made this recipe, remade, tweaked, etc. In fact, I may have lost those recipes notes not once, but twice! Ha!
What can I say? I’m old school ya’ll! I use pen and paper. Which, sometimes ends up being more work, but I’m okay wth that.
Writing recipes in my notebook allows me to escape the computer and get caught up in the process of recipe creation, creativity. Just me, my messy kitchen island, a notebook full of paper with scratch marks and some kind of food ingredient smeared all over it, and the smell of a new gluten free recipe baking or roasting in the oven. Or in this case, apple cider fruit bake. Again.
It’s my favorite time of day. Almost like a few hours of solitude and creativity combined. Call me corny Cotter, but I think we all need those moments.
The good thing is practice makes perfect.
So, I’ve just perfected this caramelized apple cider hot fruit bake recipe for you. Kidding. Although, in my mind, I’ve perfected the art of making it. And you know what? That’s pretty magical!
How to Make Hot Fruit Bake with Caramelized Apples (Video):
Watch this quick video to see just how easy this hot fruit bake is to make.
You’re going to need:
- Coconut sugar
- Apple juice
- Maple syrup
- Apple cider vinegar
Heavens Yes! Sweet, tart, buttery caramelized apples in baked fruit goodness.
Plus the smell.. oh the smell!Print
Caramelized apples in a hot fruit bake! This healthier dessert recipe is paleo friendly, easy to make, and delicious. Great topping for waffles or pancakes!
- 1/2 cup butter (8 tbsp) or vegan butter/ghee for lacotse free
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (see notes for less sugar option)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg or pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2–4 tbsp maple syrup
- 5 –6 cups (250 –260 grams or so) of sliced apples (red, green, or mixed)
- 1/2 cup apple juice mixed with 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinergar (this combo acts as the apple cider part)
- coconut sugar to top
- optional: 1/3 cup toasted nuts
- Slice your apples. Leave peel on. Place in a large bowl.
- In a small pot, combine your butter, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, and spices.
- Bring to a soft boil and then reduce to low for 5 minutes. Just until it thickens or “caramelizes” a bit.
- Next pour your caramelized sugar over your apples in a bowl. Mix thorough.
- Place caramelized apples in a large casserole dish. Spread out evenly. Pour the apple juice/cider mix evenly on top.
- Sprinkle extra coconut sugar on top if desired.
- Place in oven at 325F for 1 hour, mixing apples half way through baking.
- add nuts during last 15 minutes if you want to toast them with the fruit bake
- Remove from oven and serve immediately or cover, refigerate and cool for later use.
- If serving later, rewarm in oven when ready.
Works well with vegan butter or ghee if you need to adjust for paleo/vegan. Great to make ahead and then reheat for serving.
Instead of nut topping, you can add in seeds or even leave without.
For lower sugar option feel free to use baking stevia or Swerve.
- Category: dessert
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: caramelized apples, hot fruit bake, fall dessert recipe, gluten free desserts, paleo friendly desserts
The oven timer is ringing. I’m ready to serve! Now bring over you’re bowl and let’s make this a coffee date. Cool?
I wish we could start every Monday that way? Sigh…
Other ways to enjoy this “healthier” Caramelized Apples Hot Fruit Bake:
- On pancakes
- With homemade no churn vegan ice cream
- With coconut whipped cream or frosting
- On waffles
- With roasted pork or pot roast! Oh my gosh YUM! I just thought of that. So gonna do it!
Okay friends, what did you bake this weekend? Or did you get all OCTOBER-ish and caramelize apples or drink apple cider? Haha, no? Well then maybe this weekend we should all do that together.